Arsenal manager believes box-to-box midfield sensation has a number of attributes that set him apart from his peers…
Arsenal's emerging star Aaron Ramsey, 22-years-old, is a box-to-box midfielder with a superb engine, a strong ball-winner, an efficient passer, great goal-scorer and an elite-level athlete.
These attributes are public knowledge as the Welshman has been displaying them on a consistent basis throughout the current season, however, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has delved a little deeper into just how, and why, the midfielder has become one of the most form players in British football.
'We always saw that he had a good engine,' said Wenger, as reported by the club's official website. 'He has another quality in that he does not hide to take the ball - and when he makes a mistake, he doesn’t hide again. For me that is a quality. He is always available to take the ball and play.'
Of all the players in Arsenal's current roster, it is Ramsey who is arguably the most improved of late and is enjoying an even greater upward trajectory than the breakout season Theo Walcott had last campaign.
'Where [Ramsey] has improved a lot is in his first touch, in his finishing, in the quality of his long balls - which were too strong or not accurate enough - and in the speed of his vision,' he said, before noting the man responsible for Ramsey's rise: 'You have to give him credit for that transformation.
'The credit goes to him because he could deal with that. He could come back, never give up and convince everybody that he has the needed quality.'
One of the most influential midfielders in the Premier League, Ramsey has - to date this season - competed in 1,012 minutes of domestic football, attempting an astonishing 867 passes, winning on average four tackles per game and has already returned four goals and six assists.
Wenger, though, believes there is even more to come: 'Of course he’ll get better. He’s 22-years-old. I’m 64 and I still think I can improve so why should a guy who is 22, who can play until he is 35, think he is at the top of his game?
'If he has the right attitude, he will continue to improve.'
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